Kudos and thanks go out to Rees Lloyd, the American Legion and countless Patriots and Countrymen who got their ire up to rage against the decision by the VA to ban the recitation of the Flag Folding Ceremony at our national cemeteries.
An e-mail this evening announces the lifting of this ban by none other than the Vice President Dick Cheney’s Office itself.
Comrades, Colleagues, and Patriots:
We — American Legionnaires, veterans generally, and patriotic citizens–have won the grassroots fight to preserve the right of deceased veterans’ families to decide to have Memorial Honor Detail Teams recite the Flag Folding Ceremony at National Cemeteries, the Bush Administration overruling the ban imposed by VA bureaucrats.
I have just received from American Legion National Public Affairs Director Joe March the remarks of Vice President Richard Cheney to the American Legion today in Indianapolis, Indiana, in which he stated unequivocally on behalf of the Bush Administration:
As most of you know, our nation has 125 national cemeteries operated by the VA. Burials conducted in those cemeteries should honor the wishes of the families, including those that relate to religious observances. And despite the confusing order that recently came out of the federal bureaucracy, I want you to know that honor guards at military funerals will give the 13-fold recitation at any service where the family requests it.
–Vice President Richard Cheney
Addressing the American Legion in Indianapolis, Indiana
Nov. 1, 2007
The Veterans Administration is an agency of the Executive Branch. Vice President Cheney speaks for the Administration of President George Bush, who is ultimately responsible for, and has authority over, all Executive Branch agencies, including the VA. Thus, this is definitive evidence that “We, the People,” have
won! (Vice President Cheney’s entire speech is forwarded herewith.)
Thanks to all who stood up for veterans families and against the errant exercise of bureaucratic power by VA bureaucrats, and their lawyers, who have more fear of offending secular-cleansing fanatics epitomized by the ACLU, which never met an atheist it didn’t like or a patriot it didn’t detest, than the VA bureaucrats have offending the veterans that the VA is supposed to serve.
May God bless you all…And if that offends some atheist, agnostic, ACLU-type secular-cleansing fanatic, or Islamist terrorist jihadist, I must answer in the words of Rhett Butler: “Frankly, my dear(s), I don’t give a damn.”
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER; SURRENDER TO THE ACLU –NEVER!
REES LLOYD, Attorney
A Member of American Legion Post 79
Memorial Honor Detail, and,
Director, Defense of Veterans Memorials Project
of The American Legion Dept. of California
While we have won a victory here, we should not rest on our laurels, as the efforts by the secular Left will not cease and we must be forever vigilant and ready to fight to preserve our religious rights and heritage.